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Happy Birthday Cody Hall.....

Original post made by Someone who values life, Foothill High School, on Aug 22, 2013

Hope you enjoy your birthday. I'm guessing you had special visitors today. I bet the family and friends of the woman you killed wish they could visit with her on her birthday like your friends and family can visit you. It's so sad that their birthday visits will be at a cemetery.

Please do this community and the family and friends of the woman you killed a favor and just plead guilty. I didn't have the honor of knowing this beautiful soul that you stole from those that loved her and I am still so upset and a little traumatized by what happened. If I feel this way, it's hard to even imagine what her loved ones are feeling and then to have to deal with a trial to prove what you already know is true. Show some mercy for her family and friends and be a man and plead guilty and then go away and hopefully your family will move closer to whatever prison you end up in so the family doesn't have this constant reminder of all of you and what your parents did to enable you and contribute to loss of this beautiful woman.

RIP Diana.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 23, 2013 at 1:17 am

Being locked up in a jail cell on no-bail status for 2nd-degree murder is a rough way to spend one's nineteenth birthday. I almost feel sorry for the guy. But then I remember that someone else who was involved in all of this is even worse off and won't be enjoying any more of her birthdays at all. A pleasant weekend afternoon bicycling event with her husband ending with grief and horror. And all because some young driver just had to use Foothill road as his own personal 80+ mph high-speed racing strip without a care in the world about the lives of everyone else also on the road. Hope that the thrill of your final high-speed "death ride" was worth the price you're paying, Cody.


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Posted by Ernest
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2013 at 8:38 am

Like I say: Self-righteous pap.

Maybe both of you should try contributing positively to the world instead of bombarding us with your gleeful vengeance. Yes, gleeful. I get the sense that you both really enjoy dumping on others who you find to be not as pure and sinless as you are. Get a life.


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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

Ernst..if you dont like the birthday wishes to cody from the previous posters..dont read them....hahaha

Happy birthday..enjoy your day....


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Posted by Someone that values life
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

There is no glee here. I'm profoundly sad that this woman lost her life and I didn't even know her. My heart aches for her family and friends that had her stolen from them in what cannot be described as an "accident". This was foreseeable. The warning signs were there. He referred to his driving as "death rides" and knew this could be the end result. He routinely drove like this, totaled two other cars, and yet his parents continued to encourage the behavior by replacing the cars and helping him get out of tickets for driving the same way on the same road.

This was no accident. I've never lost a loved one to a car accident before and just can't imagine what this family is going through knowing this was no "accident" and that they will never see their loved one again because of the willful conduct of Cody Hall.

So very tragic for Diana's family and now they'll have to go through the whole trial process when this "kid" already knows what he did and should man up and plead guilty. Let the family and loved ones of Diana have some peace and let them mourn. Don't make them go through a trial and have to hear how Cody Hall was some sort of victim.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

Ernest, you really need to look up the definition of self-righteous and then consider your own post.

Self-righteous: convinced of one's own righteousness especially in contrast with the actions and beliefs of others : narrow-mindedly moralistic


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Posted by Ernest
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Not sure I'm immune from self-righteousness, Sam. I'm sure not. However, I know self-righteous chest-thumping when I see it, Sam. Can't figure out how you and others on these Cody threads never tire of reminding everyone how he's baaaaaad, and you're soooo goooooooood. I assume you know this requires no convincing, as anyone in their right mind knows reckless speeding is life endangering. So what is it, then, if not gleeful exercise of vengeance?


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Well, Ernest, assuming that you're not just trolling, I'll give you an honest answer. As you can see, I live in Oak Hills neighborhood on the west side of Pleasanton so I'm very familiar with Foothill road and our family uses that road often - perhaps much more often than you and most Pleasantonians. So the fact that there was someone was outrageously speeding on that road and needlessly endangering myself and my family is something that I take a bit personally.

As for your claim that "anyone in their right mind knows reckless speeding is life endangering", either your claim is false or we have an epidemic of people who are not in their right minds. Cody Hall made no secret of his fondness for reckless speeding. I believe that he had over 100 followers of his social media posts boasting about doing 85 mph on Foothill and 140 mph on the freeway, and yet apparently not one of those followers ever notified the police about his activities.

Finally, if you really believe that I and others here are as "self-righteous" as you admit to be, then why do you repeatedly come back here to this thread? It's not like we're broadcasting our "self-righteous" opinions into your house with loudspeakers. You're choosing to come here of your own free will.


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Posted by Ernest
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Oh, please Sam. You're welcome to your hyperinflated opinions. I'm not telling you my delicate eyes are offended by your remonstrations. I'm saying that you're coming off as a moral prude, repeatedly, to such an extent that it appears you enjoy dropping the hammer on this youthful offender.

I suggest if you really want to do something positive that you campaign to have stiffer traffic laws, or more traffic cops, or safer streets, or more bike routes. But no, you're here everyday telling everyone that Cody was a bad apple. I'm here to tell you: Case was made, many moons ago.


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Posted by right
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Thank you, Ernest, for saying what many of us have been thinking. His thread and the one's from cyclist too are messages from what has now become a local lynch mob grinding this story as though we don't all know about what transpired. It's one thing if you're a grieving family member or friend, but it's quite voyeuristic and kinda creepy (in a stalker-ish way) to keep dredging this up. She's not coming back and he's going to be jailed for a long time.......move on already.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Someone who is outraged at a young driver doing 85 mph on a 40 mph is a "moral prude"? LOL! Thanks, Ernest, you made my day.


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Posted by Foothill Mom
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm

@right

"She's not coming back and he's going to be jailed for a long time.......move on already."

You don't speak for anyone but yourself and the Hall's by saying something so heartless. As a community, should we be saying "she's not coming back.....move on already"? What a disgusting thing to say. I imagine your comments and feelings about "moving on already" would be different if this were your mother, grandmother, wife, sister, cousin, daughter, friend ........

I'm sure the family knows that it's not the community as a whole that would say such an awful thing and that you are likely a friend of the Hall's as only such a person could say such a thing. Disgusting.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2013 at 12:03 am

Agree that threads such as this one are simply mean and serve no purpose whatsoever other than to re-state what has already been said multiple times.


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Posted by LL
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Aug 24, 2013 at 7:18 am

I can only speak for myself when I say I'm still very upset about this and that talking about it can often be therapeutic. I'm struggling to accept this due to the young man showing zero remorse and partying and living it up after he killed this woman knowing full well it was his fault. I know his attorneys ate probably advising him against doing anything to admit fault, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't at least show some respect and lay low instead if drinking, partying and still driving after being ordered not to.

I'm sorry if some are tired of hearing about this, but I drive by the small memorial for Diana at least twice a day and it is a reminder of a life taken for no other reason than the willful conduct of a young man who is still alive and well enough to party while this family had to bury their loved one with just a small memorial on the side of the road to mark the spot when this preventable act took place.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

I agree that anyone who would post this:

"She's not coming back and he's going to be jailed for a long time.......move on already."

is clearly a friend of the Hall's. Perhaps a partying friend who knew that he was still drinking and driving while ordered not to by the judge. What does that say for your character?

The punk murdered someone and until he is actually CONVICTED and JAILED, that part of this mess is NOT over. Talking about it is perhaps part of what convinced the DA to raise the charges and the judge to make it a no bail arrest. If the people of this town influenced those decisions then talking about this crime has mattered in a good way.

When, and only when, Cody is convicted AND locked up for a very long time, can this stop being a topic of discussion. Until then, there is always the chance that he will get back out onto the streets, unpunished, to kill again.

If you want to feel compassion for someone, try feeling it for the victim and her family. Her part of this crime will never be over. "Move on?", yeah right.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm

You treat young Cody as if he were the only one with blood on his hands. What about the people that populate the environment in which he was nurtured, the people who made this tragedy possible?

You arrogantly pounce the proximate cause and obtusely ignore the distal contributions that precipitated it.

Shame on you. Shame on you.

Mike


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Posted by Po-Mo Joe
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Aug 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Mike, your puerile machinations in vying to obfuscate the culpability in this imbroglio bespeak a parti pris schema vis a vis personal accountability.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Joe,

Don't use words until you know what they mean and how to use them in sentences. It seems overly constrictive, I know, but it will save you lots of embarrassment in the long run, 'K?

Mike


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I do think these Cody Hall threads serve a useful purpose. I have shown them two my young son to serve as a warning about what kinds of behavior to avoid and just how badly things can go wrong.

Please continue to post these updates. Our young people (and some old) need to be reminded of the consequences of their actions.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm

"Two" should have been "to" above.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm

"You treat young Cody as if he were the only one with blood on his hands. What about the people that populate the environment in which he was nurtured, the people who made this tragedy possible?"

I certainly don't. His parents and friends are horrible too.


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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Aug 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I agree with John that there's something to be learned from this and by not discussing it with our own teens it's a missed opportunity to teach something so this doesn't happen again. I don't know Diana's family, but my gut tells me that they would want something positive to come from such a horrible tragedy as maybe the loss of their loved on can spare someone else's life since they can ever get their loved one back.

My prayers remain with Diana's family. I too hope the judicial system works quickly if only to spare this family years of constantly be reminded of the young man that murdered their loved one.


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Posted by Big Al
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 24, 2013 at 11:26 pm

We CAN and WILL talk about this IDIOT as much as we want. Maybe some other empty-headed, wreckless, lout can learn something about morality and the Golden Rule.

Whether it was once or a hundred times, it was his fateful choice. There are no excuses for him. If it sounds negative or hurts your feelings, you don't have to read it anymore. Since Cody didn't die in the accident, he'll be made to suffer slowly each day. Imagine how negative it would seem if his nose was torn off or he got his skull caved in and died in the dirt afraid and alone. What if his mother was the one on the bike enjoying life, only to be rudely slaughtered for the mere thrill of a spoiled boy. It would give him a new perspective on the future he'd envisioned.

Now he's being punished and it's fitting and he deserves every evil lesson coming his way. He may find that his new neighbors feel "entitled" to some respect and when they speak, he better listen carefully. A caveat to all parents and teenagers as to what can and will happen when you seek senseless thrills with no regard for the effects they can have on others.

When learning to drive or when you want to race, take the car to the track where it's safer. Go as fast as you want at the proper venue. At some tracks you can even race against the police.

Wake up now, so this kind of behavior and tragedy aren't repeated.


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Posted by PTT
a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Thank you Big Al. I think you perfectly articulated how most of this community feels. This woman will not be forgotten and we won't just move on.

As with the others, my prayers are with the family and friends of this beautiful woman who didn't deserve to be murdered.


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Posted by Right
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2013 at 6:49 am

Get a life, people. Your self righteous chest thumping doesn't impress anyone. If you are that concerned, go speak at the local schools about the dangers of uncontrolled speed behind the wheel. School starts this week. Do some good and quit preaching to the choir.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 25, 2013 at 8:16 am

"Right", do you always repeatedly drop in on threads that you don't care for and tell people to stop discussing the subject? Or don't you have a life?

As for Cody, his actions were so outrageous that they didn't make just make the local news. They made news throughout the nation as well as internationally in Great Britain and Australia, and perhaps other countries as well. Many people who never before heard of Pleasanton now know it as the town that is the home of an outrageous young driver who killed a woman by doing 83 mph on a 40 mph Pleasanton road. Expect the news to again hit both the national and international news wires when Cody Hall goes to trial.

Finally, as for Cody's friends (who I believe are reading this and have even posted on this thread), what did you do when Cody was speeding and tweeting his boasts about his actions to you? Nothing.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

John and Big Al,

Signs and symptoms result from rather than cause underlying pathologies.

If you treat symptomatically, you may provide temporary relief; however, unless you address the underlying pathology, your patient will continue to be sick.

Address Cody, but remember that he is a symptom rather than a cause.

Mike








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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm

"Right" said,

" If you are that concerned, go speak at the local schools about the dangers of uncontrolled speed behind the wheel."

What makes you think I haven't? Do you know me?


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Posted by Right
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 26, 2013 at 8:42 am

John, I may know you or I may just know that since you didn't definitively admit you've already spoken at our schools that you'd rather talk about the issues than deal with them constructively. Maybe this is a form of group therapy for you folks, so have at it. You've beaten this dead horse long enough.


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Posted by Ernest
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

Has anyone heard of a planned informal gathering where a bunch of us will stand outside the courthouse, hold nooses and pitchforks, and scream at the accused? I'm sure many here would be happy to attend.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

Contempt begets Contempt. Extreme Contempt begets Extreme Contempt. Action and Reaction. Something for Cody Hall to ponder as he whiles away his long hours....


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Posted by Ernest
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

Sounds like a great poster to hold up to the cameras at the upcoming rally in front of the courthouse. Everyone be sure to bring your pitchforks.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Ernest, if you're trying to shame any persons into improving their behavior, I have to say that you're making a very poor first choice. I suggest that starting with Cody Hall or one of his many friends who kept silent while he was boasting of doing 85 mph on Foothill would be a better use of your time. Come back to me when you've finished with doing that.


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Posted by Ernest
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Okay, Dad!


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

"Right" said "or I may just know that since you didn't definitively admit you've already spoken"

Wrong. I have.


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Posted by Right
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 27, 2013 at 7:09 pm

John, school has been out for summer recess since shortly after this accident occurred, where exactly did you address the crowds of entralled high school students? Yeah, I thought so......Cody lied about his bad behavior, too.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm

"Right",

I have been doing it for years with Boy Scouts of America, in case you're wondering. I hope you understand now. As you increase in years, and I hope experience and wisdom, you may not be so quick to accuse people of lying.

Have a great day!


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Posted by I want to barf!!!
a resident of another community
on May 9, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I can't believe that this is what Pleasanton residents really want to read! Does this community have nothing better to do! I am sicken to think that this kind of post could even be put in print. Do something good with your lives people! I believe your respect for human life is nothing less than what you are accusing Mr. Hall of!!!!!


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Don't equate somebody's desire to write, anonymously, with somebody else's desire to read.


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